St Mungo's has undertaken new research that has revealed that 129 rough sleepers died in London since 2010 – that's an average of one rough sleeper dying every fortnight – while some people, shockingly, were told by councils that they had to sleep rough to access support.
Our report, Nowhere safe to stay: the dangers of sleeping rough, sheds light on the dangers of sleeping on the streets for those who experience it on a daily basis, including violence, assault, suicide and abuse. It also highlights how people who turn to councils for help are often being sent away without support or even instructed to sleep rough in order to access services. This has to change.
Too many people are dying on our streets and too many are living with damaging long term consequences of not having a roof over their head and the support they desperately need. Unless action is taken, the problems identified in our report will get worse.